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February 18, 2014 at 3:20 PM

Snowboarder killed at Stevens Pass identified

The Idaho snowboarder who died Monday at Stevens Pass ski area has been identified as Kenneth Kelley, 31.

Kelley fell and hit his head in an area of exposed rocks while snowboarding in the Corona Bowl at Stevens Pass, according to Sgt. Kent Sisson of the Chelan County Sheriff’s Office. Kelley was not wearing a helmet.

Ski-patrol members brought Kelley off the mountain while performing CPR and were joined by medics from King County Fire District 50, who also tried to resuscitate the man,  said Lt. Brandon Vargas of the Gold Bar Fire Department. Kelley was pronounced dead in an ambulance.

Kelley was an employee at the Stevens Pass Rental Tech Center. He had worked at the Stevens Pass ski resort for five seasons dating back to 2002.

“The entire Stevens Pass community is devastated by the loss of Ken Kelley and our thoughts and prayers go out to his family as we all absorb this tragic news,” Bill Bourton, Stevens Pass general manager, said in a news release.

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